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's our top story tonight. >>> another huge story today, president obama as of today will not defend -- will not defend the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act, doma, his attorney general will not go into the act to enforce the two big provisions, the one keeping provisions of one state affecting another state and the policy, that only a marriage between a man and woman will be recognized until federal law. that's a huge victory for gay rights activists and a big debate tonight on "hardball." >>> the republicans act like they're ready for a fight. so do democrats. history shows when that's the case, you get a fight. watch this battle of chicken when neither truck wants to swerve. government shutdown on the way. both sides think this is a fight they can win, and who is right? >>> yawn thune says he's sitting out 2012, back president obama will be too touch to beat. we're going to check in with the "hardball" strategists on that point. watch what happened when someone scut newt gingrich how he squares his personal marital history with his professed values. time timely this
will speak to the topic of advice to president obama 2012, a look at the cuban missile crisis in 1962 and what it tells you about military leadership and advice in crisis. it's an apt topic given that this evening president obama will be providing -- giving his state of the union address which we will broadcast in this room immediately following ambassador gregg's remarks tonight. so if you'd like to stay for that, you could. and we can see if, in fact, president obama takes the advice that ambassador gregg is going to offer. ambassador gregg will speak for about 45 minutes. after which he'll take questions. we'll have microphones to pass around, for people to use for question time. so please join me in warmly welcoming ambassador donald. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. well, from somebody for the third century he looks pretty good. [laughter] >> you completely blew my cover and i have to say a little bit more about my career as gregory donald in tom clancy's book. my first visit to north korea in 2002, i was asked three questions by the north koreans. the first was, why is george
you. >> reporter: thank you. megyn: there is this fox news alert. the obama administration has just announced that it will no longer defend the same-sex -- no, the defense of marriage act. they call it doma, defense of marriage act. president clinton signed it. it allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex unions from other states. it's been in place for more than a decade. the u.s. attorney general, eric holder, just announced that president obama does not believe the law is constitutional and neither does eric holder. they're no longer going to enforce the federal law that's on the books passed by congress, signed by president clinton, and still very much a law. joining me now on the phone to react to the breaking news is maggie gallagher. she's chairman of the national organization for marriage. maggie, this is stunning. president obama has made no secret of the fact that he doesn't like the defense of marriage act and yet they've also been open at the white house that while they would like to see it repealed, they know that the u.s. congress will not repeal the act. in the wa
falling and going and collapsing? >> this is a fox news alert. president obama at the white house on libya. >> the security team has been working around the clock to monitor the security there and coordinate with the international partners about a way forward. first, we are doing everything we can to protect american citizens that is my highest priority. in libya, we urged our people to leave the country. and the state department is assisting those in need of support. all americans should give thanks to the work done by the foreign officers and those serving in the embassy and consulates around the world. they represent the very best of our country and its values. throughout this period of unrest across the region, the united states maintained core principles which guide our approach. the principles apply to the situation in libya. as i said last week, we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all that were killed and injured. the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. so are
with that part of the story. >> thanks. >> reporter: the obama administration still considering what to do. not actioning. even though critics complain that president obama needs to do more to stop the crisis in a nation that produces as much oil as we do in the entire gulf of mexico. so far he's waiting. president obama again issued a warning. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. >> reporter: backers of libyan strong man moammar gadhafi are defiant. the day after the dictator vowed to crush the rebellion, h power is slipping. and his nation is split. rebels now control eastern libya. some libyan soldiers have defected. >> we are behind the people. >> reporter: gadhafi backers blame the west. and many americans are leaving, a dozen or two getting out on a dutch plane, many more tonight on a ferry. amid the chaos, u.s. and european diplomats and their families worried about being hurt or held hostage. the crisis is driving up gasoline prices. $3.69 in chicago. crude oil as $100 a barrel for the first time since 2008. libya is a big producer. but big oil's deals with gadhafi
news alert. president obama spoke out about libya an hour ago and called the bloodshed outrageous and unacceptable and said he will look at a full range of options to respond. white house correspondent wendell goler has details. >> reporter: in his first on-camera comment about the libyan crisis since it began, president obama insisted the violence against the people of that country come to an end. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it's unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot protesters and further punish people of libya. >> reporter: the president has been underfire from conservatives, including sarah palin, a potential challenger in 2012 for not commenting earlier in a crisis in a facebook posting palin said, "now is the time to speak out for the long-suffering libyan people." while other countries have been able to evacuate some of their citizens the u.s. has not been able to dock a chartered ferry to tri poe lie until today. and they made it clear that the president is focused on the passengers. >> the safety of american citizens is obviously a concern
to transform not only lives but transform the systems because the systems need to be healing systems. as obama says, we need to start uttering healing words. president obama said that at the tucson memorial. we have to start uttering healing words to one another instead of wounding words. what we are trying to do is create systems -- school systems and juvenile justice system is that he'll instead of juvenile justice systems and school systems that continue to wound our youth. >> can i just say something about the systems of discipline in schools? so that before it even gets to the place where it is an issue, is that those systems definitely need changing. the question that parents need to ask when they have been told that their child has been involved in some misbehavior is to ask what was happening? what were the conditions? what were the circumstances? what were the antecedence that led to this behavior? because if we do not fix those, we will seed the systems you talk about. [applause] it is amazing how many young people can be turned back from negative behavior if the situation is appropr
hearings on a collective bargaining bill similar to the one in wisconsin. president obama made an appearance in ohio but stuck to his winning the future message at a small business forum at cleveland state university. >> small businesses like yours that help drive america's economic growth, they are the cornerstones of america's promise. the idea that if you have a dream and have the work ethic to see it through, you can succeed. >> he did not get any more controversial or bold than that in his speech. not a word. not a word about the labor protests in wisconsin or the similar situation in the very state he was in at the time or in neighboring indiana. a new usa gallup poll finds the rest of the country firmly, firmly on the side of state democrats that are fighting to preserve collective bargaining rights. the poll says that 61% would oppose a law in their state like the one proposed in wisconsin, and 33% would favor such a law. joining me now, msnbc analyst and huffington post senior political editor, howard fineman. howard, thanks for joining me. >> hi, lawrence. >> howard,
makovec, cbs 5. >>> a major reversal on gay marriage by uncle sam. the obama administration says it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage. the justice department had backed the defense of marriage act until now. obama administration officials note the supreme court has ruled that laws criminalizing homosexual conduct are unconstitutional. >>> president obama is condemning the bloodshed in libya as new scenes of violence and chaos begin to trickle out of that country. the this is the latest amateur video that appears to show protestors destroying monuments and posters of their ruler moammar qaddafi. reports are surfacing that a libyan pilot chose to crash his jet instead of bombing a city. today the state department began ferrying u.s. citizens out of the country to the malta. the evacuation comes a day after qaddafi vowed to fight until his last drop of blood. >> he clearly is defiant and has pledged more violence here and so i don't think this is going to end quietly. >> president obama is expected to speak on
crackdown on anti-government protesters. president obama plans to speak out about the situation in libya in just a matter of minutes. we'll have live coverage here. critics have been questioning the president's silence. stand by for that. >>> oil prices spike to the highest level in over two years amid reports that libya's production has stalled. this hour, how the unrest there could threaten the economy here in the united states. >>> and a new legal move by the obama administration reignites the divisive debate over same-sex marriage. amid revolts overseas and budget battles here at home, a lot of people are asking why now? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these are some of the latest pictures of libyans demanding freedom and defying moammar gadhafi's brutal crackdown. opposition forces have made gains outside the capital of tripoli a day after gadhafi vowed to fight to the death to hold on to power, but witnesses tell us the streets of tripoli are virtually empty right now, except for blood, bodies and burned cars. the white house says president obama will speak out in
byzv ferry. and late today, president obama said the u.s. has a full range of options to hold qaddafi accountable. libya is divided with qaddafi loyalists and mercenary troops holding tripoli in the west. his opponents control bengaziand the oil-rich east and vowing to liberate the capital. mandy clark made it into libya today and filed this report. >> reporter: this was the scene in the coastal city of it, ubrok when we arrived at the main square tonight. residents shouted, "welcome to free libya, "and chanted, "down with qaddafi." inside the protesters' tents, young and old men fought for our attention. why are you here? why in the tents? >> we are here for the free. we need the freedom. >> reporter: like protesters across the arab world, they've captured the regime's brutality on cell phones. what am i looking at here? >> qaddafi's troops. they refused to kill people. they refused to kill our libyan brothers and sisters. >> reporter: in a qaddafi stronghold in tripoli, it was a very different scene. his supporters took to the streets in a noisy display of loyalty after his televise
,000 libyans are dead, and president obama today emerged to call the bloodshed in libya outrageous and unacceptable. and now, martha raddatz tells us more about gadhafi and his riches and his children, who seem to have their father's extravagant ways. >> reporter: but it seems his own family has been out of control for decades. the hard partying, hard drinking and lavish spending of this famously track shus family has, according to u.s. diplomats on wikileaks, provided enough dirt for a libyan soap opera. take eldest son saif, who vowed days ago, his family would fight to the last bullet. he reportedly bought this $16 million mansion in london and two years ago, at a party on st. parts, paid mariah carey $1 million to sing a few songs. not to be outdone, brother mutassin, seen here with secretary of state clinton, returned to st. barlts last year and paid more than a million dollars to beyonce. all eight of gadhafi's children are believed to have benefited from billions of dollars of libya's oil profits. all of this, while libyans themselves, one-third, are living below the poverty
the white house to chicago's mayor- elect. president obama sent good wishes to rahm emmanuel within hours of his victory. in october, he resigned as white house chief of staff to return to chicago to run for mayor. he will take office on may 16th. >>> coming up next, we'll take a look at what is happening in libya and how that is impacting gas prices in the u.s. no 70- degree temperatures in sight any time soon but we are in for a little bit of a warm-up. tucker has the full forecast when fox 5 morning news returns.  [ alarm blares, indistinct conversations ] [ female announcer ] important events can sneak up on you. can i have a couple weeks? [ female announcer ] but with yoplait light's two week tune up, you could be ready you could lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks when you replace breakfast and lunch with a fruit, grain, and yoplait light. betsy bets. you haven't changed a bit. neither have you... sean. well, yeah. [ female announcer ] go to yoplait.com to start your two week tune up. this week yoplait light yogurt is only 20 for $10 at giant. >>> welcome back. tucker is
to president obama in 2012. a look to the cuban missile crisis of 1962 for what it tells you about presidential leadership and military advice in a crisis. it is an apt topic given that this evening president obama will be providing or giving his state of the union address, which we will broadcast in this room immediately following professor, ambassador gregg's remarks tonight. so if you'd like to stay for that you could. we can see if in fact president obama takes the advice that ambassador gregg is willing to offer. ambassador gregg will speak for about 45 minutes. after which he will take questions. we'll have microphones to pass around for people to use for questions time. so please join me in warmly welcoming ambassador donald gregg. [applause] >> thank you. well for somebody from the third century he looks very good. you completely blew my cover and i have to say a little bit more about my career as gregory donald in tom clancy's book. in my first visit to north korea in 2002, i was asked three questions by the north koreans. the first was, why is george w. bush so different from his fath
on the verge of collapse? >> governor huckabee is here from our government.; the obama add may want to take notes. back to business that's what is happening today in wisconsin. scott fitzgerald pledges to move forward with the state's pressing agenda. despite the continuing absence of senate democratshf. >> we are ready to do business. we the bill is not negotiable. >> sean: all 14 senate democrats have been mia since thursday in an effort to prevent a vote on scott walker's bill. that9t measure aims to reduceÑaÑ wisconsin's swelling deficit by increasing cost of benefits and curbing collective bargaining rights. governor walker argued against the democrats cut last night on this program. >> i applaud senate majority leader scott fitzgerald bringing the senate to the floor tomorrow. they are going to start bringingó'm up important pieces of legislation. my hope is constituents stand up and tell those senators to do what they are being paid to do. >> sean: the battle over union benefits and rights continues to escalate and spread across the midwest. democrats in indiana are:q now fleeing
reaction genocide and injected the libyan representative from their meeting in cairo. but the obama administration appeared reluctant to criticize colonel muammar gaddafi by name. president obama has not spoken publicly about libya. nor did the state department spokesman address it until 15 minutes into the daily briefing. >> finally, secretary of state hillary clinton spoke. >> government of libya bears responsibility for what is occurring and must take action to end the violence. >> u.s. officials are concerned about the 35 state department employees and their families who they are trying to evacuate right now. they don't want an iranian hostage crisis. gaddafi is the godfather of modern terrorism. he blew up a discotheque in 1986. libyan agents blew up pan am flight 103. in 2003, gaddafi turned over his weapons of mass destruction fearing he was next on the american hit list after saddam hussein. the u.s. state department then took libya off the list of state sponsors of terrorism. the only man held for pan am 103 bombing was returned to libya by scottish authorities because he w
with president obama at the white house today, in part to discuss the ongoing unrest in the middle east, and north africa. she'll also host an internet chat where she will answer questions from young people in egypt. >>> now to new zealand where rescue crews are fighting time and aftershocks as they search for earthquake survivors this morning. at least 75 people are dead from tuesday's massive quake, and some 300 are still missing. a nighttime curfew has been imposed on hard-hit christchurch. another 300 people remain missing. authorities have abandoned rescue operations in some buildings where they know people are trapped but with no hope that anyone survived. a national state of emergency has been declared. specialists from the u.s. and other nations are rushing to christchurch to aid in the rescue operations there. >>> in other news, rahm emanuel, the former chief of staff to president obama, has been elected mayor of chicago. emanuel was the easy winner, taking 55% of the vote in a six-candidate race, and avoiding a runoff. emmanuel resigned from the obama administration last year
. president obama will be speaking about the unrest in libya. earlier today, secretary clayton everything will be on the table." the news indicates that anti- government protesters have been taking control of some of the major cities and towns closer to the capital. the opponents of muammar gaddafi are saying they will liberate the force. he is reportedly roaming the streets. the u.s. making efforts to get american citizens out of libya as well. waiting for president obama who should be here shortly. live coverage here on c-span. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> good afternoon, everybody. secretary clinton and i just concluded a meeting to focus on ongoing situation in libya. over the last few days my national security team has been working around the clock to monitor the situation and to coordinate with our international partners about a way forward. first, we're doing everything we can to protect american citizens. it is my highest priority. in libya, we have urged our people to leave the country and the
is this going to play back in washington entirely for president obama? >> number one, it shouldn't take anybody by surprise that, oh, gee, these are republican governors inventing crises so that they can go after labor unions. i mean, this has been kind of a grudge match between republicans for a long time. i think part of the way it plays back here though, there's a larger issue in terms of the abuse of power. you've got these governors basically saying, gee, in order to balance our budget, we have to take away your rights. and on some fundamental level, that just -- people don't like that. "usa today" had a great poll out today. i think ultimately, back here, we stand with labor. but also stand with working people. >> robert, i want to talk to you how much of this mess is created in part by the unions that are bargaining for the pensions and other benefits with states that simply cannot afford and wouldn't really they be put in this situation if the unions were then defeated. so explain to us how the states are coming back. karen is saying this is an old stalemate, so to speak. >> not only is
. >> thank you very much. a pleasure. >> tom: president obama headed to the heartland today, listening to small business owners at a cleveland, ohio, forum. calling them the backbone of the american economy, the president asked for their ideas on how uncle sam can make it easier for small businesses to grow. the president said, "when our small businesses do well, america does well." >> you're the anchors of our main streets-- small businesses built by folks who live and work in the community and look out for one another that end up determining success or failure of cities and towns. >> tom: president obama also used today's event to announce a.o.l. co-founder steve case is joining the new jobs and competitiveness panel. case will lead the start-up america partnership promoting entrepreneurship. >> susie: citigroup shares tumbled almost 5% today, the most active stock on the big board. investors sold shares on word that the trustee for victims of bernie madoff's fraud has targeted citigroup. in a suit filed in december but unsealed this week, trustee irving picard claims citi ignored re
on. >>> and the obama administration will no longer -- the institution about gay marriage. the justice department said the president decided to stop defending the marriage law after considering a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination. >>> to a fox 5 news alert now. president obama is condemning the violence in libya as, quote, outrageous and unacceptable. and less than an hour ago, the president appeared in the white house with secretary of state hillary clinton. tom fitzgerald is life with the latest. >> reporter: you know, the president's facing mounting questions in recent days as to why he had not spoke out personally regarding libya and the way he did during the protests in egypt and that changed a short time ago. in his first public remarks on the crisis in libbia, the president said he was dispatching secretary of state's hillary clinton for a geneva international convention aimed at stopping the bloodshed and that is -- in his own remarks, he seemed to tackle ghadafi head on and that is being orchestrated by the united states or allies
the scene this morning. no word on the victim's identity. >>> late this morning, the obama administration announced it will no longer defend the constitutionality of the defense of maferrage act. that's the 1996 federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages. same-sex couples have sued to have the law overturned. the justice department will side with those who say the law is unconstitutional. >> we're now anticipating that this will move to the courts and the courts will decide. >> congress may now appoint it's own -- its own lawyers to defend the law or outside groups might take up the role. swree a reporter working -- we have a reporter working on this story now and will have more at 5:00. >>> the united nations may impose a no-fly zone over libya if unconfirmed reports of attacks on civilians turn out to be true. protesters are broadcasting video of street scenes on youtube as reports surface about the crackdown by m oammar gadhafi. earlier today, we heard that a libyan pie lil intentionally -- pilot intentionally crashed a libyan plane instead of following orders to bomb
is growing. the government's bloody crackdown against protestors is spreading and now the obama administration is scrambling to bring americans home. joel brown has more. >> reporter: violence and chaos are trickling out of libya. the latest amateur video appears to show protestors destroying monuments and posters of ruler muammar gadhafi. gadhafi has kept his grip on most of the capital and loyalists gathered to show their support but large areas in the east are out of his control. thousands of foreigners are fleeing the violence. the state department is ferrying u.s. citizens to the island of malta. but gadhafi has not backed down from his promise to squash the rebellion. he said he's willing to dui. >> he's clearly defiant, has pledged more violence here. i don't think this is going to end quietly. >> the obama administration is calling for an end to the violence but it is carefully avoided any direct criticism of gadhafi himself. and u.s. officials haven't outlined any specific plans for getting involved in the conflict. >> the administration has joined other governments at
, the day after president obama signed the health bill that suddenly the newspaper said that here is the checklist of what was in the bill. after the debate. so, the polls reflected ignorance. drawn up. gamesmanship and partisanship. it was only after the bill that became much more positive. >> pat, you are an investor who invest in media. let me ask you, is this -- given these business challenges facing the media, is it realistic to expect venture capitalists to fund new journalism? >> very much so. the history of media in this country and around the world is one of constant technological change. all of these different new technologies were supposed to ruin the business. about every 20 years something like this comes along. big media organizations try to cope with it. in their day, cable was new media. radio was new media. satellite was new media. if you look in the bay area where we work, you can see the big technology magazines based here going through the chair -- same changes as the big news bailey's. founded by guys like me, adding voices to the commentary about the world of
the obama administration is appalling violence in libya. so far, the violence has left more than 200 people dead. the libyan leader spoke to his people and vowed to fight until his last part of blood. the u.s. will evacuate troops tomorrow. >>> in wisconsin, the budget standoff continues tonight with the 14 democrats in the state senate still in hiding and republican governor scott walker upping the ante a bit. he is threatening layoff and allow the vote on the measure that would strip public employee unions of their bargaining rights. but speaking from across state lines, the democrats were not backing down. >> we felt we were compared to use the only constitutional provision available to us which is to deny a quorum so the bill did not get voted. >> the legislation says they're not backing down even. they have accepted the financial give back in exchange for keeping the bargaining rights. the governor said no. he argues the state needs more flexibility. >>> rush limbaugh is taking aim at the first lady's waistline. >> he said it didn't look as if michelle obama was following her own nutri
the obama administration to get u.s. citizens to safety quickly. >> reporter: there's violence and chaos trickling out of libya. the latest video shows protestors destroying monuments. gadhafi kept his grip on most of the capital. large areas in the east are out of his control. the state department is ferrying u.s. citizens to malta. gadhafi hasn't backed down. he says he's willing to die. >> he's defiant. he pledged more violence here. this suspect going to end quietly. >> reporter: the obama administration is calling for an end to the violence. it's avoided conflict with gadhafi itself. the administration has joined other governments to condemn gadhafi's actions. when the un tried to reach out, gadhafi's answers weren't helpful. >> many are unacceptable. >> everyone carry guns, weapons, turmoil. no security. we can't stay here. >> reporter: there's reports of as many as 1000 dead in the protests. in washington, wjz, eyewitness news. >>> gadhafi has run libya since overthrowing the king 40 years ago. >>> the senate is allowing debating to consider same sex marriage. ron matz has more. >
an orderly shutdown. >> it is like a high wire act without a net. >> he questions why president obama is not more involved. >> the white house should be working with senate democrats to come up with a counterproposal that would pass the test of reasonableness. >> right now, the two sides have very different definitions of what is and is not reasonable. a spokesman for john boehner said there are many ongoing conversations with democratic leaders. neither side will say whether any progress is being made. >> stay with us. there is more news ahead. >> she spent the day trying to motivate annapolis area students. the story, just ahead. >> orioles' spring training in sarasota. i should let you know that by the time you get back from the commercial break, i'll be back in the studio. >> there is a warming trend on the way. the details are coming up. >> she was in maryland to help celebrate black history month. >> she spins the morning speaking with hundreds of annapolis elementary and middle school students. >> she is making a name for herself torn the country -- touring the country. >> she
exporter in the world. >>> a policy reversal from the obama administration with the justice department saying it will belong defend the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act, the federal law banning the recognition of same- sex marriage. but that does not mean the end of the debate. >> members of congress want to proceed and defend the lot in these cases, the administration will do everything it can to assist congress if it so wishes. we recognize and respect there are other points of view. >> the attorney general says president obama believes that the act violates the constitution's equal protection clause. in the past, the president has says his beliefs on gay marriage are evolving and he is leading towards civil unions. >>> a step forward today for the same-sex marriage bill in maryland. the state senate voted in favor of the measure. two changes were made to the measure -- the name was changed to the civil marriage protection act and it was amended so religious organizations would not be required to provide insurance to same-sex partners of employees. >>> a new report on
:00 and 6:00. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you. >> president obama is planning to call new zealand's president later today to reiterate u.s. support for the country devastated by a powerful earthquake two days ago. >> teams are rushing in with help. jenelle joins us with the latest. >> it's now 8 a.m. thursday morning in new zealand. search and rescue teams continue looking for survivors. anyone trapped under the rubble has now been buried 43 hours and counting (screams) >> new pictures emerging showing the horror of the 6.2 earthquake and aftermath as dust covers the city. >> oh, my god. >> you can hear this man' panicked voice as he runs outside with his camera to see the devastation. >> my gosh. people are in there? >> and pictures from the epicenter of tuesday's quake hones the story of must have had and debris covering the roads. crews rescued 120 people. some needed limbs amputated to free them from the rubble. the search continues for survivors. more than 300 are still missing. >> hello! >> tragic news the death toll now at 75 and counting. police believe dozens are
five other candidates. president obama issued a statement saying that he is proud of his friend and fellow chicagoan. he will succeed longtime mayor richard daley in may. >>> prices for one major department chain are all the way up. and the economy may be bouncing back. with oil prices on the rise, that is threatening the recovery. >> linda bell is live at bloomberg headquarters in new york. good morning. >> good morning. let's begin with stock-index futures on the heels of yesterday's big sell-off. stock-index futures indicating gains ahead of this morning's opening. yesterday oil surged, closing over $95 a barrel because of unrest in the middle east and north africa. morgan stanley analyst tell us if oil prices reach $120 a barrel on a sustainable basis, the global economic recovery is at risk of dipping back into recession. macy's is the latest retailer raising prices due to higher commodity costs like cotton. sears and j.c. penney's will address investors this week and we will see if they follow suit. warfare hikes at major airlines. blame that on higher fuel costs. there wa
a lot. >> we are taking to president barack obama. he is speaking about the situation in egypt. >> we are doing everything we can to protect american citizens. that is my highest priority. in libya, we have urged a people to leave the country. the state department is assisting those in need of support. meanwhile, all americans should give thanks for the heroic work that is being done by our foreign service officers. they represent the best of our country and its values. throughout this period of unrest and the people across the region, the united states has maintained a set of core principles which guide our approach. these principles apply to the situation in libya. we strongly condemned the use of violence in libya. the american people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all the weapon killed and injured. the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. further punish the people of libya. his actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. the united states also supports the universal right to
emanuel, the former chief of staff to president obama, has been elected mayor of chicago. emanuel was the easy winner, taking 55% of the vote in a six-candidate race, and avoiding a runoff. emmanuel resigned from the obama administration last year to run for mayor. he called his election humbling. >> what makes this victory most gratifying is that it was built on votes from every corner of this city. from people who believe that a common set of challenges must be met with a common purpose. >> president obama said emanuel will be a terrific mayor. emanuel replaces richard dale kwr. daley and his father had led chicago for 43 of the last 56 years. >>> this morning a legislative standoff over republican efforts to cut back union rights has spread to a second state, indiana. the indiana house could not do business tuesday because 37 democratic lawmakers left the state. instead, thousands of union activists flooded the state capital to protest the bill to give workers the right not to join a union. republicans say the right to work bill will help struggling businesses. >>> in wisconsin
at the possible of civil war. president obama is expected to make a statement soon and we will take you to the white house live when that happens. >>> amateur video from new zealand shows the drama rescue of two people trapped under rubble after monday's 6.3 earthquake in christchurch on the south island. >> you can see one man being pulled out of a collapsed building by rescue workers and on to a stretcher. another woman was able to walk away after being freed from a concrete hole. >> there are 75 confirmed deaths and many more are missing. >>> back home, the legal fis fight over same second maryland continues. senator are crafting a bill to legalize and it governor martin o'malley said he will sign the bill if it reaches him. here's chris gordon in annapolis. >>> in maryland, the debought over gay marriage is causing a deep did you have i'd over the meaning of religious freedom. jamie raskin from silver spring, a constitutional expert strks floor leader for the bill. he explained it will not require the church, the clergy or any organization to participate. >> i belong to a church in
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their collective bargaining rights. >>> and president obama says he couldn't be prouder to be a chicagoan. his former chief of staff, that's right, rahm emanuel, will be the city's next mayor. emanuel beat out five challengers with 55% of the vote easily avoiding a runoff. >>> lindsay lohan returns to a los angeles courtroom this hour. a judge may revoke lohan's probation for a drunk driving conviction. he called today's hearing after police charged lohan with shoplifting. now, this is his eighth court appearance in nine months. >> here's your chance to talk back. one of the big stories of the day. moammar gadhafi inspires this question for you. our carol costello, she joins us from d.c. carol, you know, they call him mad dog. i know there are a lot of other words for him, but what do we know about this guy? >> you're right, suzanne, there are other words for him, like delusional, paranoid, completely insane, all used to describe him. after his rambling 90 minute speech, it's easy to understand why so many think gadhafi is daffy. >> translator: our rocket launchers have been provided to bengha
close to president obama. >> i have been to the white house a couple times, two or three times. i have conversations every day with someone in the white house and the administration every day. >> bill: wow, joining us now from washington fox news political analyst charles krauthammer. so, why should we care about this trumka guy, charles? >> you tell me, it's not a new story that the afl-cio is close to the democrats. it's been that way for 50 years. one of the largest union federations. we traditionally think of it associated with the industrial unions, steel workers, auto workers, and mine workers. it also has a large contingent of government workers, as me, american federation of teachers, et cetera. to me, it's not news that they talk to the white house all the time. we know on election day the unions contribute huge amount of money to democrats and they man the phone banks and they do the buses. they get out the vote. they are essentially a wing of the democratic party. there is nothing new here. what's new is the rebellion on the part of republican governors in states like new je
that want to shut the government down are the obama administration and senate democrats. we stayed up until 4:50 saturday morning passing a bill, we offered over $100 am am amendmeo fund the government through september and the democrats did not finish this work last congress so we passed the continuing resolution so the only folks that want to shut the government down or the obama administration and senate democrats. >>neil: they argue that you want to shut the government down because you would not entertain even middle ground on steps you could take to forestall that and you say it is their fault? >>guest: john boehner, the speaker of the house, has said that we will give you some time, maybe two or three weeks. >>neil: this is two week extension. would you be for that in a resolution which democratic leaders say, would not necessarily be clean but it could be a way to move the ball forward? >>guest: as long as it sets up steps to cut spending, if it's another one of the shake and became, fooling around things which is just let's go to two week, then another two week, and then a three wee
clinton never mentioned even the name of muammar gaddafi. and the obama administration has stopped short of demanding that the libyan dictator step down. team fox coverage continues jen griffin at the state department tonight. what outcome do united states leaders want here. >> they have been very hesitant to criticize muammar gaddafi by name. don't forget, he was the osama bin laden of the 1980s, the father of modern international terrorism. there are 600 americans in libya tonight. and they don't want an iranian hostage crisis. when secretary of state clinton finally spoke today, here's what she said. >> the government of libya bears responsibility for what is occurring and must take action to end the violence. now, as always, the safety and well-being of americans has to be our highest priority. >> there are 35 embassy officials and their families and the state department now is trying to get them out, shep. >> jennifer, there are new calls for the united states to impose sanctions on libya. >> that's right. sanctions were lifted, of course, under the bush administration when muammar
of the white house tonight. the obama administration is speaking. president obama is at the podium to talk about the development in libya. >> all should give thanks to the men and women serving in our embassies and consulates around the world, they represent the best of our country and values. throughout the period across the region, the united states maintained a set of core principles that guide our approach and they apply to the situation in libya. last week, we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones who were killed and injuries and -- injured, the suffering and blood shed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protestors and to further punish the people of libya. they violate every norm and standard of common descents. this must stop the united states strongly supports the universal right of the libyan people, that includes the right to peaceful assembly, free speech and the people to determine their own destiny. and these are human rights, they're not negotiab
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